Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Flatpak, Installer App for All Linux distributions

Flatpak
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Flatpak is one application that you can use to install the application package on All linux Distro. This is one of the best solutions in open source development. Yes, because Flatpak makes it easy for users to install universally provided apps.

Actually there are other applications that function the same as Flatpak, for example is snappy and appimage. But in this case, Flatpak has something interesting to discuss in the current article. Why Flatpak interesting? Because this application has many advantages, as in the point below!

1. Lots of cool apps available in Flatpak, for example Skype, telegram, even I saw Android Studio!

2. Unify the differences! Flatpak provides universal package of applications, meaning it can be installed into various distros from Flatpak. In this case, application developers are not bothered to build packages to different distributions.

3. Can update application without reboot.

4. Flatpak can install several different versions of an application. So for example, the latest update application there are many bugs, you can choose a more stable version.

5. Security system on their application is very good, when there is a suspicious application, they will do sandboxing on applications that are considered dangerous.

To install flatpak actually already exist on the official website, but I will share a way to install in Ubuntu in this post!

- Please add the repository by typing this command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install flatpak
Flatpak plugin that allows to install applications without CLI. Please type the following command to install flatpak plugin!

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

Flatpak provides a repository with the name is Flathub. To get the application from flatpak, you can go to Flathub, or can enable with the following command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

For now there is no GUI application from Flatpak sort of software center. Hopefully, for the future Flatpak also provides Easy GUI installer like play store or software center , to install app in Flatpak.

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